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BRB Staff Predictions (Week Seventeen): Jacksonville Jaguars at Houston Texans

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The BRB Staff predicts Sunday's regular season finale at NRG Stadium as the Houston Texans host the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Nate Washington celebrates his decision to finally high-point a football against Tennessee
Nate Washington celebrates his decision to finally high-point a football against Tennessee
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The Houston Texans are (not technically) your AFC South Division champions; as we all know by now, this is a formality.  That said, when the ball is kicked off Sunday, it will "still be in doubt" and I'm sure Bill O'Brien is pushing the narrative that this team needs to win and keep momentum moving forward.  I'm good with that, as long as it means, you know, without the guys who should be sitting.

Let's see how the BRB staff sees this one going, and then, incredibly - it's on to the playoffs!

Chris: Texans 24, Jaguars 23

Blake Bortles is really good... in the second half... when his team is way behind, which they always are.  I really thought Gus Bradley was a good hire for Jacksonville, and while they have had a decent influx of talent - they appear to be the same old Jaguars yet again.  Week after week, they get their heads kicked in during the first half, only to pile up the offensive stats in the second.  I don't see why this won't continue in Week 17, save for the fact that the Houston offense is not capable of getting up big on anyone.

Bill O'Brien is in the awkward position of knowing the team has the division locked up, but as a football coach I'm sure he will not be able to pull any of his players since Houston is playing in its familiar noon slot on Sunday.  I think the Texans will rise to the occasion against yet another bad team, while holding the Jaguars' late rally off.  I see the Texans winning this one, allowing them to go into the playoffs with a bit of momentum.

MDC: Jaguars 21, Texans 10.

I think Houston wins this game easily in any other year. But this year, with the potential for the Colts to overcome 3300-1 odds and make the playoffs if Houston loses (and a bunch of other stuff happens)? I'm less comfortable picking Houston.

I mean, you realize what Sunday's date is, right?

Jags win. Houston makes the playoffs when one of the other 8 teams involved wins.

Capt Ron: Texans 20, Jaguars 17.

The Jaguars have been soul-killers for Houston in the past, and this sure smells like one of those games. However, after all of the adversity the Texans have worked through this year under the impressive leadership of O'Brien and company, I think they'll edge a victory on Sunday. The game will likely start out slow and give us a first half of concern, but the Texans will come out after halftime and grind out a win in front of a packed home crowd.

Matt Weston: Texans 24, Jaguars 17.

This game is meaningless, and doesn't matter. I just think Houston wins. [EDITOR'S NOTE] Thank you, Weston, for that #Analysis

kdentify: Texans 24, Jaguars 10.

The Texans win by a comfortable margin. Watt doesn't re-injure his hand. Merc takes advantage of Clowney's absence to shine. Hoyer comes back from his concussion to lead the offense. And we win.

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